Minehead is a superb destination for families seeking a traditional seaside holiday. It is considered the Northern Gateway to Exmoor and is the area’s largest town. Ideally situated to explore the stunning scenery of Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, Minehead is the starting point of the South West Coast Path National Trail, the nation's longest long-distance countryside walking trail. Perfect for a family seaside holiday, Minehead offers a long flat sandy beach, great for picnics and games – especially as the sand here is perfect for sandcastle building! The promenade with its cafés, bars and shops offers access to the sandy beach and spectacular views across to North Hill.
An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. With 1,000 years of history the castle has plenty of great stories to tell. The last family to live here, the Luttrells, moved in in 1376 and out in 1976, and changed a medieval stronghold into a comfortable family home.
Dogs are welcome throughout the year and there are some great spots to stretch your legs.
EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tearooms offer delicious local produce.
On Exmoor it is still possible to find tranquillity and peace as well as rediscover your sense of adventure; and catch a glimpse of wild red deer.
Minehead Harbour is located on the Somerset coast between Porlock Wier and Watchet marina. There has been a Harbour at Minehead since the late 1300′s and it is now home to a busy charter boat fleet and has an active leisure boat community.
Events on the Harbour include the Minehead Harbour festival in July and the RNLI raft race in August which is the largest of its kind in the country.
Photo by Joanne Davies
THE COLERIDGE WAY
Walk 51 miles through the stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor, a landscape that inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work. Or ride 34 miles from Nether Stowey to Exford.
You will travel through a variety of landscapes: heathland, moorland, deciduous & coniferous woodland, farmland, deeply wooded valleys and expansive views over the coast towards Wales.
The SW Coastal Path
Come to the beach anywhere in the South West of England, turn left or right and you’ll be on the South West Coast Path and on the edge of an amazing experience.
Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline which makes up the longest National Trail in the UK? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.
Minehead EYE started out as an idea for a skatepark as the local skaters started to bring attention to the fact that there were no parks anywhere near the area. Funding was applied for in 2006 from the BIG lottery fund. Capital was granted for a multi purpose indoor skatepark and youth centre which was finally built and opened in August 2010 after many years of volunteer time and effort by everyone involved.